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Watch out for these summertime issues

Summer is fast approaching, and you can anticipate more street and road repairs in the King City area. Repairs mean the creation of work zones, often in areas where you might least expect.

According to Washington County Land Use and Transportation Division, the No. 1 cause of accidents in work zones is drivers not paying attention.

If you couple inattention with speed, you now have the recipe for a serious and potentially fatal crash in the work zone.

So when passing through a road repair work zone, slow down, pay attention to both the signage and the activity around you, and avoid an accident.

Everyone wants good roads, so give those working on our roads and streets your best driving courtesy.

Bikes and cars

With the good weather, more people are riding their bicycles. Both bicyclists and motorists often ask the police about the rights of motorists versus bicyclists.

The thing to remember is that motorists and bicyclists have the same rights and duties when on the roadways in Oregon.

In King City, we encourage residents to share our streets and offer street courtesy to all users, including cars, bikes, and golf carts.

Here are some simple tips for motorists and bike riders:

Motorists

-- When passing a bike, slow down and allow 3 feet of clearance

-- When turning left, watch for and yield to oncoming bikes

-- Look for bikes when opening your door

-- Be alert and expect the unexpected

Bicyclists

-- Obey traffic controls and laws

-- Signal turns and lane changes, and watch for oncoming traffic before making a change

-- Drive on the right side of roadway in the direction you want to go

-- You may pass on the right only when safe to do so

-- Do not pass stopped cars at a crosswalk or intersection or if the car ahead of you is signaling to turn right.

These and more tips can be found in the Oregon Driver Manual (you can pick one up at City Hall) and the Bicyclist Manual.

Either publication can be found online at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/forms/manual.

Gas thieves

With the ever-increasing price of gasoline, residents must become vigilant about gas thieves.

Often a person will not be aware of the theft until they experience an apparent reduction in gas mileage.

Residents are at most risk of a theft of gas when:

-- They parked on a public street, often in front of a residence

-- They park in parking lots that are not well lighted

-- They leave their vehicles overnight in mall parking structures or movie theater lots and at restaurants

To lessen the chance of becoming a victim of gas theft, residents can do the following:

-- Park in well-lighted and well-traveled locations

-- When at home, consider parking the car in the garage

-- Avoid leaving your vehicle unattended in public parking lots for long periods of time

-- Don't park in areas where your gas fill door is shielded from the public

-- Consider installing a locking gas cap, even if you have a locking gas door feature on your vehicle

If you believe that you have been a victim of gas theft or you observe suspicious activity around your vehicle, call the police.

If you have any questions on this subject, contact me, Chief Chuck Fessler at 504-620-8851 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

So until next time, be good, be neighborly, and be safe.